So, I went to rewatch the game first Texans Ravens game tonight on the DVR and discovered there was a dvr mishap. Luckily, I remembered a tweet about it being replayed tonight and went to NFL Network and the game was one minute in progress. Touchdowns.
A few thoughts I tweeted:
Man, I knew I felt better than most after the game and rewatching it only cemented that feeling. We were going with them toe to toe until 7 minutes left in the fourth. A drive stalled at their forty and then an inability to move the ball in the next drive doomed us. We just didn't make a play or two. That's all. Sometimes it happens.
To the whole "we didn't have Matt Schaub" line of thinking, I'm not even going to mention the absence of Andre Johnson. I'll instead mention that Schaub had a very pedestrian game. Managed the game in first half, one great throw to Jacoby in the third quarter, and then for about the last fifteen minutes of the game, he was visibly hurting and didn't play well. Nothing Weejay can't do.
Let me emphasize how much he was struggling physically. I didn't remember this, but he was struggling to walk on that ankle.
Of Flacco's two big throws, one was Kareem getting beat. Could easily happen again. But, the other had to have been one of the best throws of Flacco's life. I'll take my chances he won't make that play again.
Ray Rice was absolutely bottled up until the last eight minutes. At one point he had 45 yards on 13 carries. Our defense just wore down. Other than our touchdown drive (which was quick in its own right), the offense gave up the ball way too quickly, so the D wearing down was understandable but I don't think worrisome.
All in all, I feel much better about the game. At this point, I think it's a toss up.